I want to move forward in my profession
I’ll get ready and then the chance will come.– Abraham Lincoln
The labour market and the ways companies operate have changed: companies are no longer mothers or stepmothers. Companies are no longer responsible for our professional careers or professional development. Programmes for talented individuals are becoming less popular and it’s not just about talented individuals anyway …. Funds for ongoing training are being used elsewhere and the effectiveness of training schemes is subject to increased scrutiny …
So individuals are directly responsible for their career, development and appeal in the market.
This means that you periodically need to take stock of the situation to see where you stand, examine the market and look beyond your day-to-day life. In reality this is something you should do all the time but it’s not always easy to find that motivation, so it should at least be done periodically. Every year, every five years …, if something unusual happens abroad, within the company or in the world …
It’s certainly not enough to have a cv and respond to ads to get to know the market! It’s not enough for a friend to think that you deserve better or that you should be paid more.
A career check-up, a verification of your salary level, an analysis of potential professional objectives and an outline of the respective action plans is what is required. Therefore:
The first step is to make an inventory of what we have to offer in concrete terms and with regard to skills (the technical name for this is the “skills assessment”), thinking not only of work but also about your life and as such what you’re able to do in your leisure time, sport and in terms of voluntary work and studies.
The second step is to think of professional objectives: within the same company, in the same position, in different positions, in different companies, in different markets, as a consultant, entrepreneur, franchisor…
The third is to assess on the basis of a series of parameters which depends on each of us individually: the timeframes, the technical feasibility (I have the know-how, how long do I need to acquire it), the feasibility in terms of the environment (I’m in Italy, I can do this here), the feasibility in terms of my family (my wife, my husband supports me), the financial feasibility (can I give myself a period where I support myself financially?)
A fourth step is the choice and preparation of a detailed action plan.
What is needed to be successful in all these activities?
A director, a trainer, a coach, a senior… Aside from words and titles: a person that knows how it’s done and can advise you and accompany you along the way, without simply doing it for you.
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